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Project by David "Lucky Dawg" Brown posted 1534 days ago 2067 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well i didn’t get as much done this weekend as I hoped!
Water well went out, had to go to Texas and bad storms!
Anyway a friend of mine brought me some leftover fire wood
last week and I really didn’t much attention to what I was holding
till I made the first cut on the miter saw and realized this was dark
walnut. I called him and said hey do you still want to get rid of all
those limbs?! He said yes I will bring them to you! So now I have a
huge pile of dark walnut to trip over in my dinky shop but it worth it.

These are walnut and cedar
The hinges I used toothpicks and for handles the button head plugs
I had left over from the coffee table I made my wife!
I have enuf wood stored away to keep me busy for a long time!
I have about twenty boxes laid out anywhere from limbs to scraps
glued together for band saw boxes!
These boxes are fun and addictive to make!

I band saw the bark off then sand them
Then sand a flat bottom and cut the ends
off on a miter saw then band saw out the
middle drill holes for the plug and and tothpicks
glue it all back together and a couple coats of
boiled linseed oil and whaa la a box…

also working on inlay ideas in the lids and sides…
Still in the design trial and error phase!

-- dumpster diver delux





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rangercarr

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#1 posted 1534 days ago

Wow…they are beautiful!

-- Always have an edge, you won't always need it but you'll feel safer with it.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1534 days ago

A great job of branching out

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Kate

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#3 posted 1534 days ago

trash to treasure indeed!

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#4 posted 1534 days ago

Thank you!

Yes Jim finally branching out! hahaha!
I pulled a limb from a fire Sunday!
I went to a friends house and he was burning limbs
I was about to cry! hahahaha! I saw on cedar limb
I couldn’t resist I had to have it! I reached in the
fire and saved it! I took it home and cut the burnt
end off of it and set it aside to dry out!

-- dumpster diver delux

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 1534 days ago

Nice save! Those are good looking boxes.

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#6 posted 1534 days ago

Thank you Mary!

-- dumpster diver delux

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Jon Spelbring

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#7 posted 1534 days ago

Very cool looking – Walnut is one of my favorites.

-- To do is to be

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 1534 days ago

Walnut for firewood, my how the other half lives, lol.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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AaronK

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#9 posted 1534 days ago

good idea. tree limbs are the easiest free lumber to find, and i wonder what to do with them. I’ll have to do a couple boxes like that!

also, how do you sand the bottom of the heart shape thing? Do you clear it out with a forstner first? I just dont get how to achieve a flat and smooth bottom.

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#10 posted 1534 days ago

Exactly Martin! Its been sitting in a pile for two years they were just going to burn it
in the fire place! Hell no not on my watch! hahahaha! Only bad thing is they cut it up
into 12” to 18” pieces! I said next time you cut a walnut tree down you call me first!

-- dumpster diver delux

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 1534 days ago

Well if you don’t like short, 18”, pieces you could always get a care package together and send them here, lol.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#12 posted 1534 days ago

hahaahahaha!
well I have already cut them down to 6” and laid out the next few boxes
and going to saw them into boards for bandsaw boxes!
May try a butcher block too!

-- dumpster diver delux

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#13 posted 1534 days ago

Well I clean all the bark off first then run it through my band saw
to get a flat bottom then I use my belt sander to flatten it and smooth it!
Also I use felt discs on the bottom! (Cheater way when you can’t seem to
get the botton totaly flat)

-- dumpster diver delux

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Knothead62

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#14 posted 1534 days ago

I see you are opening a branch office! I can identify his getting free wood. I have been looking at a small piece of wood along side the road near our house fora couple of days. I stopped today and picked it up. Haven’t identified it yet but the bark indicates a hardwood of some sort. It’s about 2 feet long with two small branches and one large coming off the main trunk. Hopefully some nice burl for turning.

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BritBoxmaker

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#15 posted 1534 days ago

Free, now theres a good price.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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